Maha govt favours lifting ban on women at Haji Ali Dargah

MUMBAI: The Maharashtra government, on Tuesday, favoured lifting of the ban on entry of women into the sanctum sanctorum of the Haji Ali shrine unless its controlling authority proves the measure has been put in place as part of its religious practice with reference to Quran.
The BJP-led government’s view was conveyed to the court, hearing a petition challenging the ban, by state’s advocate general Shrihari Aney.
The Durgah Board, however, told a division bench of Justices V M Kanade and Revati Mohite Dere that the women have been barred from entering the sanctum sanctorum since it houses the tomb of a male saint. In Islam, it is a sin for women to touch a male saint or his tomb, it said, defending the ban.